About the Program
See what Parents Forever™ is all about.
Parents Forever™ has been a vital parent education program for Minnesota parents since 1998. In 2013, our in-person program was offered in 19 counties in Minnesota and reached over 1400 parents. In that same year, our Parents Forever™ online course reached over 1400 parents in Minnesota and beyond. In our 20-year history, we have reached close to 30,000 Minnesota parents with our program.
How Does Parents Forever™ Help Families in Transition?
Parents Forever™ aims to minimize the negative effects of divorce on children by educating parents and giving them the tools they need to engage in healthy self-care, build strong parent-child relationships, and form healthy co-parenting relationships. After attending a Parents Forever™ course, parents are able to:
- Describe the overall family transition journey and how each family member will be affected.
- Recognize the role of self-care, parent-child relationships, and co-parenting in overall child well-being.
- Identify internal and external resources and think about how to use these resources to promote resilience for all involved.
Minnesota Statute 518.157 requires judges to court order parents with contested custody and visitation issues into an approved parent education program. Parents Forever™ is an approved program, meeting all 25 minimum standards set by the statute.
Who Teaches Parents Forever™?
University of Minnesota Extension educators train professionals throughout the state of Minnesota to facilitate Parents Forever™. Parents can attend in-person classes knowing that their facilitators are trained to help them and that they will be treated with respect. Parents can take the course online, too. See Which Class is for You?
Does Parents Forever™ Work? — Find out what people are saying about the impact of this program.
What Does the Research Say? — Review the research on divorce and Parents Forever™ research articles.
Parents Forever™ Educational Offerings for Parents (53 K PDF) — Printable flyer about Parents Forever™ class offerings.
Parents Forever™ Keeps Kids First After Divorce — Extension Source article about the Parents Forever™ program.